Lisa Shanahan spent more than 20 years suffering from what she called "the mommy disease.”
She thought the pressures of raising three children and working a full-time job were causing her severe fatigue. As it turned out, the mom wasn’t just overworked, she was suffering from primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC).
In 2007, doctors discovered that as a result of this condition, Shanahan’s liver was slowly starting to shut down. Without a viable transplant, the woman’s chances of survival were slim.
Unfortunately, finding a donor proved to be difficult. But this year, Shanahan’s 19-year-old son Colin informed his mother that he was going to give her the gift of life for Christmas. The mother-son duo went under the knife, and Colin was able to successfully donate nearly 60 percent of his liver.